-- Longtime head of Exodus International
(***MAJOR UPDATE: In the summer of 2013, Alan closed Exodus International and apologized for the harm that it and related groups have caused. He also told GLAAD that he does, in fact, repudiate much, if not all, of the past rhetoric that can be found below.
We are leaving the comments intact to help illustrate Alan's journey. As he continues on his path, here's hoping his statements in support of LGBT people will overshadow these, the views he once proudly voiced.)
-- Says LGBT activists are following Hitler and Marx: "Pro-homosexual leaders realized the same truth employed by Hitler and Marx: To advance their agenda they must radically influence the hearts and minds of young people. Because Mom and Dad are working all day and Susie and Junior are in school and then home alone, activists came up with a plan: Use public schools, television, the Internet and other youth-friendly venues to influence the way young people view homosexuality. Under the guise of AIDS education, groups such as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network gained access into public schools. Similarly, pro-homosexual activists ran for school board positions and partnered with every kid's favorite after-school babysitter, MTV. Teenagers got hooked on the Internet, which opened them up to a 24-hour source of temptation and perversion."
-- Warns: "Now, perhaps too late, we are waking up from a three-decade sleep to realize that the gay lobby has taken America hostage. I hope we are not so naive that we think their agenda stops with legalizing same-sex marriages. Ultimately, if this process is not stopped, the gaying of the United States will begin to affect religious freedom."
-- Says that being gay “offered only more loneliness, desperation, and death."
-- Now identifies as a so-called “ex-gay.” Recalling his youth: "I was a teenager, you know the bulk of my struggle was during my teenage years, from about 11 to 21 or so, and I understand feeling like the only way out is you kill yourself. In fact one of the things that made me want to die — was when I heard, there is no way out of this, this is your only option, there is no other choice, in fact there is no choice – you are who you are and that won’t ever change. And I thought, that can’t be the truth, and if it is, I can’t live this way."
-- Says LGBT people are not at peace or capable of finding the bonds of true love: "The people who are transgendered, the people who are in homosexuality, I would venture to say from personal experience that they’re not at peace," he said, "and that true love isn’t able to be found in those types of relationships."